Kids' Birthday Cards & Invitations Sets + Masking Technique With Clear Stamping Tutorial

2.25.2017

Good Saturday everyone!  I hope this week has been kind to you and the weather is beautiful in your part of town.  Here in Columbus we've been experiencing a spring-like weather all week long until today.  We're back to the chilly 30s degree temperature.

Today I would like to share the birthday cards with matching invitations that I made for Catherine's and Matthew's birthday parties last month.  I hesitate sharing the project with you at first because of the poor photos quality.  But it has been awhile since I last share the masking technique using clear stamps and since Catherine's card was created using this technique, I figure now probably would be a great time to reintroduce it.



ABOUT CAKES & PARTIES

A quick photo of their birthday cakes - Finding Dory and The Angry Birds.  We ordered the cakes from the bakery department of our local Kroger grocery store.  I was very amazed by the artistic talent of the lady who did the kiddos' cakes!  I wish the photos show better.  Especially on the Finding Dory cake.  Her icing skill of the water was beyond anything I have ever seen!


How quickly time passes by!  Catherine is now 9 and Matthew, our little rascal, turned 7.  Since their birthday only ten days apart, each year we tried to celebrate their birthday together.  But this year they asked if they could have separate party.  Luckily for us, the places they wanted to have at were just 2 minutes drive from each other.  So we have the parties back to back, with a 30 minutes break between the two.  Kan and I were exhausted by end of day. But it was so worth it.  Seeing the smiles on their faces and of how much fun the kiddos have celebrating with their friends and fellow classmates was priceless!

"cute Chicks" Birthday Marching Band



This first birthday card and invitation set was for Matthew featuring the oh so cute Simon Says Stamp Cute Chicks Neat and Tangled Exlusive clear stamps set.  The moment Matthew saw this stamp set, he asked if I could create a "Cute Chicks" birthday marching band for him.  The fun upbeat of the design was really fitting for his party as it was held at The Bounce Club.

I started with the birthday card first, which is a 5"x7" finished size. I stamped the chicks, clouds and musical notes onto Neenah cardstock and colored them with Prismacolored premium color pencils.  I then colored on grass and then scanned the finished design into my laptop and saved as a JPEG format.  You'll see why I did that in a minute.

I then went back to finish up the card by mounting the finished design over a piece of Bazzill Licorice cardstock and then onto the Bazzill Robin Blue cardstock card base.  Then, I stamped out two balloons from the Reverse Confetti Boxes 'N Balloons clear stamp set with Hero Arts ink pads in Soft Pool and Soft Lilac Purple.  Fussy cut them out and mount onto the card with foam tape and finished the card by freehand draw in the balloon strings.

For the invitations, which is a 5"x7" finished, I created them in picmonkey.  Remember how I scanned the finished colored scene design into my laptop and saved as a JPEG image?  Here's where I use it.  After I layout the party's information, I insert the image in using the masking with digi technique I show in a previous post here.  Then print, trim and adhere onto the Bazzill Robin Blue cardstock.  If you have to make LOTS of invitations, I recommend you create them on your computer and print.  It will cut down time and stress.

"Game On" Soccer Theme Birthday



For Catherine's birthday card and invitations, I follow the exact process on her as I did with Matthew's by working on the card first.  Then the invitations.

Catherine wanted a soccer party at Locker Soccer, an indoor soccer academy where the kiddos brush up on their soccer skills during winter season.  So I got this very cute Cleary Besotted Game On clear stamp set just for her.   And she was head over heel in love with these very adorable sport dogs!  How about you?

Below I will share how I combined the masking technique with my own freehand drawing of the goal post to create this very adorable soccer game scene on Catherine's card.


TUTORIAL: MASKING TECHNIQUE WITH CLEAR STAMPS 


SUPPLIES FOR MASKING:



OTHER SUPPLIES TO COMPLETE THIS CARD SCENE:

   
      TO DRAW THE GOAL POST:
  • Copic multiliner pens
  • Copic markers
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Eraser


STEPS:


1. Set the scene by first stamp the two dogs and soccer ball with the Lawn Fawn Black Licorice ink onto Neenah 80# cardstock (or any white cardstock).

2. Lightly sketch out the goal post around the images in pencil first.  Then go over it with Copic multiliner pen, using the ruler as guide.  Erase the pencil marks.  Now add on grass by doing a upward flicking strokes with the multiliner pen.

3.  To create the masks, stamp the images again onto the masking paper and fussy cut them out very close to the line if you do not want to leave any white spaces between the ink and the images.  NOTES:  This method apply to rubber stamping too.

TIP: substitute the masking paper with Post-It note and apply temporary (removal)l adhesive to the backing to hold it in place over the stamped images.

4.  Apply the mask pieces over the images.  With the blending tool and applying gentle pressure, blend in blue sky with the Tsukineko VersaMagic Ink Pad Sea Breeze.

5.  Tear a piece of paper towel to create the hill template.  Working off the paper towel, brush the Hero Art Mid-tone Green Hills ink onto the cardstock in an upward stroke with the blending tool.

6.  Remove the masking pieces to reveal the white images underneath.  Draw a flower clip on the head of the dog doing the kicking.  Now color the images with your favorite mediums and mount onto your card base.  I used Copic markers.  

And here are the kids' invitations.  We invited their entire class plus a few other friends.  We end up with exactly 25 kids at each party.



Did you enjoy this little masking technique using clear stamps tutorial?  Please share with me in the comment below what other stamping techniques or card style tutorials you would like to learn.

Thanks so much for taking time to visit me today. May you have a lovely rest of your day!




SUPPLIES


To make it easier for my blog readers and friends, all supplies I use in the project are listed below. Just click on the thumbnail or wording and it will redirect you to the product's page. If the link not function properly, please let me know as each item is individually hand coded.

All items were personally purchased. I do not belong to any affiliate programs and only share of products that I absolutely love.


SSS Cute Chicks Clear Stamps Set

Clearly Besotted Game On Clear Stamp Set

Reverse Confetti Boxes 'N Balloons Clear Stamp Set

Copic Markers

Tonic Maxi 12 Inch Guillotine Paper Trimmer

Sizzix Big Shot Express

Be Creative Tape

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White

Bazzill Cardstock Robin Egg

Bazzill Cardstock Licorice

Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools

Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Tsukineko VersaMagic Ink Pad

Copic multiliner pens

Prismacolor Premier COlored Pencils

Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad Soft Pool Aqua

Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad Soft Lilac Purple

Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad Green Hills Mid-Tone

Lawn Fawn Ink Pad Black Licorice

Scotch Foam Tape